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June 29, 2007

20 Advanced Photoshop Tutorials

Here are 20 excellent Advanced Photoshop Tutorials, provided by Photoshopsupport.com. These cover several advanced features and techniques of using Photoshop, including painting and color line art, matte painting, sharpening an image, working with shadows, creating a photomontage, retouching, automating tasks, and color management.


Photoshop Tutorials by Kevin Hulsey

Here are three excellent Photoshop tutorials from master illustrator Kevin Hulsey. Kevin says: “My use of Photoshop directly mimics the methodology of a conventional airbrush illustrator. The great thing about Photoshop is that there are so many different roads to the same conclusion.”

Painting Techniques – tips and techniques for painting in Photoshop
Ghosting Techniques – tutorial on how to create a transparent view using Photoshop
Cruise Ship Cutaway – tutorial on using Photoshop to color line art


Photoshop Tutorials and Articles by Mark Galer

How To Sharpen An Image In Photoshop — Advanced Sharpening Techniques
Did you know that the highest quality sharpening is only to be found in image editing software, such as Photohshop.
The best sharpening techniques are those that give priority to certain areas and leave the smoother areas of the image alone. These advanced techniques are essential when sharpening images that have been scanned from film or have excessive noise.

Working With Shadows In Photoshop – Advanced Shadow Techniques
Learn the fine art of isolating and preserving delicate and complex shadows for transplantation to exotic new backgrounds. This tutorial shows how to use textures to bring together two shadows comfortably within the same frame.


Matte Painting Tutorials - Sebastien Gaucher

These three matte painting tutorials by Sebastien Gaucher teach you how to create matte paintings in Photoshop. They are detailed and include large versions of the images so you can study the effects closely.

Matte Painting Tutorial – 1: “This tutorial is actually a ‘making of’ where I explain how I proceeded to achieve this matte painting. If you don’t have a graphic tablet this is going to be hard but not impossible. At each step of the matte painting, create a new layer so that the work will be easier and mistakes avoided.”

Matte Painting Tutorial – 2: “This is my second matte painting tutorial. Here I wanted to change the season of a scene from summer to winter.”

Matte Painting Tutorial – 3: “Here is the making of my third matte painting, this time it is the Oratoire Saint-Joseph (in Montreal) under the rain!”


Create Stars and Planets in Photoshop


These two tutorials on Greg Martin’s site that are very well done. The Star Field tutorial will help you create awesome star fields, and the Planet tutorial shows how to create a simple, yet realistic-looking planet using Adobe Photoshop 7.

“Make a Realistic Star Field” tutorial
“Make A Planet” tutorial


Creating Photomontages with Photoshop: A Designer’s Notebook

This Photoshop tutorial by Odile Pascal guides you through the photomontage process and explains in detail how the original photo of a woman was transformed into an angel in Photoshop.

Download “From Woman to Angel with Photoshop” PDF sample chapter [2.0 MB]
Buy the book at amazon.com (34% discount)


Illustrations with Photoshop: A Designer’s Notebook

Artist Nicolas Fructus shows you how to go from sketch and digitalization when working with layers in this PDF tutorial. With detailed notes and sample files, Fructus guides you through the process of creating very complex and beautiful illustrations in Photoshop.
Download “The High Terrace” PDF sample chapter [1.6 MB]
Buy the book at amazon.com (34% discount)


Photo Retouching with Photoshop: A Designer’s Notebook

In this PDF tutorial taken from Photo Retouching with Photoshop: A Designer’s Notebook, artist Thibaut Granier shows you how to use retouching and photomontage techniques to create a matte painting.

Download “Bloody Mallory” PDF sample chapter (1.3 MB)
Buy Photo Retouching with Photoshop at amazon.com (34% discount)


Photoshop CS Video Tutorials

Recording Actions To Automate Tasks
Learn how to change all open images to the same zoom level using the Match Zoom Command, and how to create Photoshop Actions to automate tasks.

Photoshop CS Color Management
Learn how to create the “ideal settings” for working with color in Photoshop CS.

Working With Vector-Based Shapes – Part 1
Learn how PS vector-based shapes work much like Illustrator.

Working With Vector-Based Shapes – Part 2
Learn how to create advanced vector-based shapes.

Colorization Tip
How to non-destructively take all the color out of an image, and add color back into an image in selected places.

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
How to make a beautiful, rich looking Grayscale image by using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

Color To Grayscale Conversion
How to use the Paint Brush Tool to paint into a color image and selectively convert parts of it into a Black and White, Grayscale image.

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PowerPoint XP Workshop Tutorial

Here is a nicely illustrated PowerPoint XP Workshop Tutorial, hosted by prbcorp.com. It teaches many important PowerPoint features and functions, including these: Adding Title Information, Using the Screen Layout, Editing Text and Font, Using Bullets, Adding Notes, Adding Graphics, Music, Sound, Video, Animation, Slide Transitions, Color Schemes, Changing the Design, and Printing.

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June 20, 2007

Outlook XP Workshop Tutorial

Here is a pretty good Outlook XP Workshop Tutorial, provided by prbcorp.com. It covers a lot of good techniques and things you should know how to do when using this email client. It covers features, such as adding a calendar appointment, creating a sticky note, creating a new contact, sending attachments, organizing e-mail messages, handling junk email, and using rules.  

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June 19, 2007

Bulletproof HTML – 37 Steps to Perfect Markup

HTML is Hyper Text Markup Language and is what the web is based on from the simplest to the most complex web site. If you are a Web Developer or Designer, or an aspiring one, you will need to understand HTML and know how to use it when creating and developing web pages. This tutorial article from Sitepoint, titled Bulletproof HTML: 37 Steps to Perfect Markup, highlights and answers some of the most frequently asked questions about HTML. 

Contents of 37 Steps to Perfect Markup (HTML):

1. What is HTML?
2. What are the different versions of HTML?
3. What about XHTML?
4. Is HTML case-sensitive?
5. What does the DOCTYPE declaration do?
6. What is a DTD?
7. What is the difference between Strict, Transitional and Frameset DTDs?
8. Which DOCTYPE should I use?
9. Why should I validate my markup?
10. Why does HTML allow sloppy coding?
11. Why does the validator complain about my <embed> tag?
12. What does character encoding (charset) mean?
13. What is a BOM?
14. What encoding should I declare?
15. How do I insert characters outside the encoding range?
16. Why do I need to write &amp; instead of just &?
17. How should heading elements be used?
18. What are block-level and inline elements?
19. Can I make an inline element block-level with CSS?
20. Why are external CSS and JavaScript files a good idea?
21. Should I use p or br?
22. What does “semantic” mean?
23. Should I replace b and i with strong and em?
24. Why are layout tables considered harmful?
25. Should I use divs instead of layout tables?
26. Are tables deprecated?
27. What is the correct use of the address element type?
28. What is the correct use of the dfn element type?
29. What is the correct use of the var element type?
30. Should I use quotation marks within or around a q element?
31. What is the difference between abbr and acronym?
32. Why is <feature X> deprecated?
33. Must I have an alt attribute for every image?
34. What is the difference between class and id?
36. Why doesn’t <a href=My Cool Page.html> work?
37. How can I include an HTML page in another HTML page?


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Word XP Workshop Tutorial

This is the Word XP Workshop Tutorial hosted by prbcorp.com.  It covers and teaches several important features and functions of Microsoft Word, including: spelling and grammar check, moving text, creating bullets, footnotes, images and text wrapping, fitting text, styles, borders, table of contents, hyperlinks, section breaks, page numbers, previewing and printing.

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June 18, 2007

Excel XP Workshop Tutorial

Here is Prbcorp.com‘s Microsoft Excel XP Workshop Tutorial. This Excel tutorial will teach you the following important Excel functionality: entering sequential data, numerical sequencing, formatting text, changing column width, aligning text, merging cells, sum and average functions, inserting rows and columns, border properties, and charting.

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Photoshop 6 Workshop for the Web

Here is Prbcorp.com‘s Workshop Tutorial for Photoshop 6 – For The Web. This Photoshop tutorial covers the following web development features of this popular image editing application: creating a new image, creating text graphics, adding effects, cropping, using the rectangular and gradient tools, using filters, and adding text on buttongs.

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June 15, 2007

Excel XP for Administrators Tutorial Workshop

Prbcorp.com offers several online tutorial workshops. Here is their Excel XP for Administrators Tutorial Workshop that teaches advanced Excel features, such as copying tables, percentages, formulas, graphing, and charting using screen shots and step-by-step instructions. This tutorial can also be used to learn these tasks using Excel 2000.

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Dreamweaver MX Tutorial Workshop

Prbcorp.com offers several online tutorial workshops. Here is their Dreamweaver MX Tutorial Workshop that teaches the basic Dreamweaver features and functionality using screen shots and step-by-step instructions. You will need to know these Dreamweaver tasks in order to use this GUI web development application effectively. This tutorial can also be used to learn these topics in Dreamweaver 4.

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June 13, 2007

10 Awesome Powerpoint Tutorials

Awesomebackgrounds.com hosts the following 10 Awesome Powerpoint Tutorials. Each of these PowerPoint Tutorials provides free downloadable files, allowing you to check out how the tasks are features are accomplished and to see the finished results. This site also has a PowerPoint Glossary that you can use to learn the correct PowerPoint terminology and what the jargon means. There are ten PowerPoint Tutorials available: Linking, Looping, Graphics, Text Effects, Transparency, Interactive Menus, Powerpoint to DVD, Powerpoint to Video, Powerpoint Animations and Beveled Boxes.


PowerPoint Graphics Tutorial


This graphics tutorial teaches you how to optimize bitmap graphics for “On-screen” PowerPoint presentations. Here are some of the benefits of doing this:

  • Reduce the file size of power point presentations and hence keep them to a manageable size
  • Shrink presentations from 10mb to 1mb
  • Speed up the display of graphics
  • Speed the loading and saving of presentations
  • Learn about all the common different graphic file formats
  • If you use a scanner or digital camera then this tutorial is for you

PowerPoint Text Effects Tutorial

This tutorial shows you what kind of text effects are available by using standard powerpoint wipes. Features covered are:
  • Exhibition stand graphics to attract visitors
  • Conference openers (especially good with music)
  • Conference breakout screens
  • Divider or section headers in presentations
  • General presentation ideas


PowerPoint Linking Tutorial


The linking tutorial shows you how to link various powerpoint presentations together. You may want to link presentations together for the following reasons:
  • Mixing presentations that use different templates / styles without all the slides getting badly mis-formatted
  • Displaying several presentations in what appears to be one show
  • Keeping all the different presentations separate and at a manageable size
  • Avoiding the annoying black screens in between presentations like you get with the list (.LST) method using the powerpoint viewer
  • It doesn’t require you to click on any hyperlinked buttons to call up any of the presentations.

PowerPoint Looping Tutorial

This looping tutorial shows you how to select which linked presentations will loop continuously until you press the “Esc” key. Doing this helps with:
  • Having a looping presentation at the beginning of a show while the audience gets into a room. e.g. Advertisers logos looping until the presentation is ready to start
  • Telling the audience when the presentations will start
  • Keeping all the different presentations separate and at a manageable size
  • Avoiding the annoying black screens in between presentations like you get with the list (.LST) method using the powerpoint viewer
  • It doesn’t require you to click on any hyperlinked buttons to call up any of the presentations, just press the “Esc” key to stop the looping presentation.

PowerPoint Transparency Tutorial

The transparency tutorial teaches you how to use transparency in your PowerPoint presentations, including creating transparent graphics and how the transparency tool. Use this tutorial to:
  • Remove that annoying white rectangle around your logo
  • Achieve effects you didn’t know were possible
  • Make your presentation look more professional

PowerPoint Menu Tutorial

Learn how to add an interactive menu to your PowerPoint presentations. Features taught include:
  • Jumping to a “range” of slides and returning to the menu
  • Providing a menu for a live presentation, that presenters can control themselves
  • Learning about the “custom show” feature of powerpoint
  • Providing a great startup menu screen, so that people can interactively select what presentations to view. It adds a very professional touch for post conference CDs
  • Giving your presentations more of a multimedia feel

PowerPoint to DVD Tutorial

How to convert your PowerPoint presentations to play on a home dvd player. Learn how to do the following: 
  • Show presentations without the need for a computer
  • Distribute your slideshows to friends and colleagues
  • Automatically repeat and rewind presentations
  • Give your presentations more of a TV feel

PowerPoint to Video Tutorial

Find out how to convert your PowerPoint presentations to an AVI, MOV, WMV, or other video file. It’s great for: 
  • Showing presentations without the need for powerpoint
  • Distributing your slideshows to friends and colleagues
  • Converting your powerpoint presentation to video file e.g. AVI MOV GIF
  • Converting your powerpoint presentation to streaming movie clip to show on the internet e.g. WMV SWF RM
  • Converting your powerpoint presentation to an exe file
  • Packaging your presentation to a CD
  • Automatically repeat and rewind presentations

PowerPoint Animations Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how to do animation effects by using the standard Powerpoint 2002 / XP / 2003 wipes. You can use animation for: 
  • Impressing your boss and influencing people
  • Exhibition stand graphics to attract visitors
  • Conference openers (especially good with music)
  • Conference breakout screens
  • Divider or section headers in presentations

PowerPoint Beveled Boxes Tutorial


This PowerPoint tutorial teaches you how to create beveled boxes in all versions of Powerpoint. Learn how to: 
  • Add a quick professional touch to your presentations
  • Create cool boxes that you can use on titles, section breaks and diagrams
  • Make your own style of boxes that you can re-use
  • Impress your fellow powerpoint users


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June 11, 2007

Web Page Layout and Design Tutorial

This is a Web Page Layout and Design Tutorial, provided by the Interactive Media Center of the University at Albany. The goal of this tutorial is to provide an overview of the most important web components and concepts that you will need to understand and know when building a Web page.

The pages of this web layout and design tutorial are divided into right and left halves. The left half provides the main content. The right half features interactive elements, additional information, or examples. As you go through the tutorial, follow the instructions, click the buttons, and try the quizzes to see how much you have learned.

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Free Photoshop CS2 Training Tutorials

Here are 31 Free Photoshop CS2 Training Videos and Tutorials from Photoshopsupport.com. These Photoshop CS2 (Photoshop 9) Tutorials will teach many of the new Photoshop CS2 features and tools, along with new techniques of performing current Photoshop tasks and functionality.


Here are new, free Photoshop CS2 Video Training modules, courtesy of Total Training.

Vanishing Point Video Tutorial
Vanishing Point lets you clone, paint and transform image objects while retaining visual perspective. In this Photoshop CS2 training clip you’ll discover how to draw a grid that matches the perspective of your photograph, and how to set new source points and then clone and paint inside the grid.

Camera RAW Video Tutorial
Camera RAW CS2 allows you to batch process images, import images into your choice of formats, and make automatic adjustments to exposure, shadows, and brightness and contrast. In this video you will see how to correct a dark image, and how to use the new Auto Correction settings in Camera RAW CS2.

Image Warp Video Tutorial
Create dimensional effects using Image Warp by wrapping an image around any shape or stretching, curling, and bending it. This video shows you how to create true distortion with installed warp presets, and how to use traditional transformation settings to create a wrapping effect in Photoshop CS2.

Adobe Bridge Video Tutorial
With Adobe Bridge you are able to process multiple camera RAW images at once; resize, rate, and label thumbnails; quickly review images in Slideshow mode; search metadata; and more. This Photoshop CS2 video training module teaches you how to use the View Controls for changing the size of thumbnails with a slider, and how to preview a variety of files, including fonts and color swatches in a document.

Smart Objects Video Tutorial
You can perform nondestructive scaling, rotating, and warping of raster and vector graphics using Smart Objects. This Photoshop CS2 training video module demontrates how to import a graphic and choose the Smart Object command, and how to shrink and then enlarge a graphic with no loss of detail.

Smart Sharpen Filter Video Tutorial
The Smart Sharpen Filter allows you to counteract image blurring with a fine correction control based on the specific blur types: motion, lens, and Gaussian. This Photoshop CS2 video shows how to use the new Smart Sharpen Filter, and how it is different from the Unsharp Mask Filter.

Remove Red Eye Video Tutorial
In this video training clip you’ll find out what the most common causes of red eye are, how to select the Red Eye Tool from the toolbox, and how to remove red eye completely with one click from the Red Eye Tool.

Shadow Highlight Filter Video Tutorial
The Shadow/Highlight Filter lets you change the shadows and highlights to reduce the contrast of an image. This Photoshop CS2 video shows how to change the default Shadows and Highlights settings to avoid flaring.

Match Color Video Tutorial
This video module teaches you how the Photoshop CS2 Match Color Command functions work so you are able to match the colors of one layer or image with the highlights of another layer or image.


Here are 4 video training clips from Advanced Adobe Photoshop CS2 hosted by Deke McClelland.

Liquify Filter Warp Tool Video Tutorial
 - How to work with the Liquify Filter Dialog Box.
 - How to use the Liquify Filter’s Warp Tool to make subtle adjustments to an image.

Camera Raw Color Controls Video Tutorial
 - How to work with the new Color Sampler Tool to set specific color sample points.
 - How to use the Temperature and Tint sliders in the Color Controls dialog box.

Surface Blur Filter Video Tutorial
 - How to use the Surface Blur Filter for photo retouching.
 - How to adjust the Threshold and Radius values to control your blur.

Exposure Command Video Tutorial
 - How to work with 32 bits of data per channel.
 - How to modify the brightness and contrast of an image using the Exposure Command.


Here are 3 tutorials extracted from “Chapter 9: Hacking Selection Masks” from the book, Hacking Photoshop CS2 by Shangara Singh.

Creating And Saving Selection Masks in ImageReady
This tutorial show you how to use ImageReady to create selection masks from slices.

Editing And Modifying Selection Masks
Learn how to modify a stored selection in an alpha channel, by using painting tools, transform commands, and filters to modify the alpha channel and then load it as a selection mask.

Selection Mask Quick Hacks
Discover several methods on how to create selection masksin Photoshop. They are presented here in one place for your convenience.


Free Photoshop Retouching Chapter
The book, Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies, teaches you how to photograph all types of people: young, old, and dozens of ethnic varieties. Here is a free chapter, named Beauty Retouching (PDF – 1.4 MB). Find out what you can do with photographs of people by following the step-by-step instructions..


Vanishing Point Tutorial
View a Quicktime Photoshop CS2 tutorial on the Vanishing Point from Colin Smith at his Photoshop Cafe site.


This is a free chapter on Techniques to Sharpen Images in Photoshop from the book, Photoshop CS2: Essential Skills.
Good sharpening techniques will give priority the important areas for sharpening and leave the smoother areas of the image alone. These are advanced Photoshop techniques to use to sharpen images that have been scanned from film or have excessive noise.


Here are 5 Photoshop CS2 tutorials available from the Adobe’s web site. The first two are available in both mov and pdf formats.

Perform Nondestructive Transformations
[mov: 9.2 MB / pdf: 500 KB] Perform as many transformations on an image as you’d like in Photoshop CS2 without worrying about losing image quality.

Correct Lens And Camera Angle Distortions In One Simple Process
[mov: 9.0 MB / pdf: 650 KB] Don’t let a distorted photo spoil your project. It’s easy to correct even the most extreme visual distortion with Photoshop CS2.

Defining Perspective Planes To Redesign A Building
[pdf: 270 KB] In the past, you had to stretch, skew, and transform new image elements to make them conform to the perspective of an existing photo. Now, in Photoshop CS2, the revolutionary, new Vanishing Point plug-in handles the chore of matching perspective for you.

Adobe Digital Imaging Solutions
Watch a Flash video featuring a group of top Photoshop experts and photographers who discuss Photoshop CS2. There are other resources on this page as well.

Adobe Bridge
Adobe Bridge is the new navigational control center of Adobe Creative Suite 2. Based on the File Browser introduced in Photoshop 7.0, Adobe Bridge goes a step further by providing centralized access to your suite project files, applications, and settings. Watch a Flash movie that shows how Adobe Bridge serves as the hub for Creative Suite projects.


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4 Microsoft Access Tutorials

Here are 4 Microsoft Access Tutorials from the University of British Columbia. These Access tutorials will show you how to create Access filters and queries, use an example to demonstrate the relationships among tables in an Access database, use screen shots to demonstrate how to calculate a field, and lastly, a white paper giving you an overview of what databases are along with its terms.

Creating Access Filters and Queries
This Access tutorial teaches: What is a Filter, How to Create a Filter, What is a Query, and How to Create a Query.

Relationships Between Tables
This Access tutorial teaches, by example, what tables are needed for a database and how to relate one table to another.

Calculating Fields in Access
This tutorial shows how to calculate fields in Access, which is done in the Expression Builder.

Microsoft Access Whitepaper (pdf)
Though a little dated, this paper does a good job of discussing the most important concepts of the PC databases. It starts with a working definition of a database, moves on to a short history of database management systems, reviews important database concepts, reviews database design concepts, and ends with a glossary of database terminology.


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June 7, 2007

100 Photoshop Tutorials from Photoshopsupport.com

Photoshopsupport.com is one of the best free Photoshop Training and Tutorial sites on the web today. They host and offer the following 100 Photoshop tutorials and also provide links to tutorials on other sites. This is our first blog post of their Photoshop tutorials. These teach and show you how to do many of the features that Photoshop offers. They also give you tips and techniques for using Photoshop’s expansive functionality.


Here are some free Photoshop tutorials by Jennifer Apple

Working With Type In Photoshop CS2
This tutorial demonstrates some of the new type features of Photoshop CS2, specifically, how to modify the size of font previews, work with the bounding box, use Smart Guides to align type layers, how to change Type Orientation from the palette, rasterize from the palette menu, and how to use the fast Warp Text options.

Tips For Working With Layers In Photoshop CS2
Here are tips on some of the updates Adobe made to the Photoshop layers palette in CS2. These will hopefully help you use this tool more productively.

Working With Photoshop Scripts
Learn how to work with Photoshop Scripts. Includes free Photoshop Scripts.

I See iPod People — The Photoshop Silhouette
Learn how to make an iPod ad Silhouette in Photoshop.

Photoshop Web Template — Web Site Design Tutorial
Learn how to make a Photoshop web template with this web site design tutorial.

Blog Templates — Blog Design Tips And Resources
Tips on how to improve blog templates with your own designs. Includes resources.

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Learn how to edit and create sets of keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop CS and CS2.

How To Fix Overexposed Images In Photoshop
Two quick techniques to help you fix overexposed images in Photoshop.

How To Fix An Underexposed Photo In Photoshop
Two simple techniques that can make dark photos look great.

How To Wrap Text Around An Object In Photoshop
A quick and easy technique to wrap text around an object.

Tips And Tricks For Beginners
Photoshop tips and tricks that will save you lots of time down the road.

Create A Sepia Tone Effect In Photoshop
A simple way to create a Sepia Tone effect in Photoshop.

Turn A Photo Into A Sketch For Making Coloring Books
Want to make a coloring book? The first step is to turn a photo into a sketch.

The Night Vision Thing — A Photoshop Recipe
Learn to create the greenish glow associated with photos from night vision devices.

Resize Images Without Losing Sharpness
This simple trick will eliminate the dreaded blur often found after resizing.

Pixel Fonts To The Rescue
All about Pixel fonts — how to use them and where to get them.

Mysteries Of The Favicon.ico — How To Create A Favicon In Photoshop
Learn how to create tiny custom icons that appear in the address bar of a web browser.


Learn some professional tips and tricks from Photoshop expert Mark Galer

How To Sharpen An Image In Photoshop — Advanced Sharpening Techniques
These advanced techniques are essential when sharpening images that have been scanned from film or have excessive noise, neither of which needs accentuating by the Unsharp Mask.

Working With Shadows In Photoshop – Advanced Shadow Techniques
Learn the fine art of isolating and preserving delicate and complex shadows for transplantation to exotic new backgrounds.

Selecting & Extracting Hair – Masking Tutorial – Extraction Tips
One of the most challenging montage or masking jobs in the profession of post-production editing is the hair lift. Your first step for success is to first shoot your model against a white backdrop.

Use The Displace Filter & Displacement Maps To Make A Realistic Flag
By using Photoshop’s blend modes, the flag in this project can be modified to respect the color and tonality of the undulating silk beneath it. The highlights and shadows that give the silk its shape can however be further used to wrap the flag so that it obeys the material’s shape and sense of volume.


Here are sample recipes from O’Reilly’s Photoshop Digital Studio Cookbook Series – these are an excellent way to improve your Photoshop skills.

Creating Black And White From Color
How To Create A High-Contrast Sketch
Andy Warhol Pop Art Silkscreen Effect
Scraped Polaroid Picture Effect
Van Gogh Effect – Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
Daguerreotypes – The Louis Daguerre Effect
Autochrome – Color Process Effect
Powder Pastels — Hand-coloring Image Tips
Selective Coloring — Remove Color From An Image
Hand Tinting — Tips For Photo Coloring Effects
Whitening Teeth & Eyes In Photoshop
Watercolor — Creating Artistic Painterly Effects
Ink Outlines — How To Give An Image A Drawn Look
Photoshop Fine Art Effects – Create A Cubist Look
Photoshop Fine Art Effects – Cross-Processing


Photoshop Tutorials By Master Illustrator Kevin Hulsey

Painting Techniques – tips and techniques for painting in Photoshop
Ghosting Techniques – tutorial on how to create a transparent view using Photoshop
Cruise Ship Cutaway – tutorial on using Photoshop to color line art
(Please note that these tutorials are large in size.)


Practical Photoshop tips and tricks from Peter Bowers.

How To Stitch Photos In Photoshop

This is a tutorial on stitching two images together using Photoshop Elements 5 (or the full version of Photoshop). This stitching method offers a lot of flexibility.

Photoshop Image Blending Tips

Peter discuses how to achieve spectacular results by using blending in Photoshop. “I start with a RAW image… typically there is a lot of exposure difference between the bright (usually the sky) part of the image and the dark (usually the foreground) part of the image.”


Window Seat by Julieanne Kost – Sample Chapters

These sample chapters from O’Reilly’s Window Seat by Julieanne Kost cover specific areas of working with digital photography in Photoshop, including using Camera Raw, removing blemishes and imperfections from a photo, making selections and adjustments, and preparing your photos for print.
Processing Your Photos Using Adobe Camera Raw
Photoshop Tips For Removing Imperfections
Making Selective Adjustments In Photoshop
Preparing Your Images For Print


Photoshop Tutorials by Cian Walsh

Shapes & Styles Redux

Another small batch of tips for those that are knee deep in creating graphics through custom shapes and layer styles. Also shows how to use gradients in Photoshop and how to create dashes in Photoshop.

Keyfob: Anatomy Of An Icon
This tutorial follows the construction of an Icon for an imaginary application called “Keyfob.” It also includes a short movie of the process so you can see the general buildup of effects.

Custom Shapes And Layer Styles

If you are a regular user of custom shapes in Photoshop, here are a few tips on using them when combined with layer styles. The benefits of using custom shapes for smaller work are the ability to scale losslessly and to experiment with colour and effects by way of saved layer styles.


Photoshop Tutorials and Tips by Ivan Raszl of CreativeBits:

Photoshop Tips & Tricks — Variety Pack Volume 1

A collection of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.

Photoshop Tips & Tricks — Variety Pack Volume 2
Even more useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.

Photoshop Tips & Tricks — Variety Pack Volume 3
Volume 3 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.

Photoshop Tips & Tricks — Variety Pack Volume 4
Volume 4 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.

Photoshop Tips & Tricks — Variety Pack Volume 5
Volume 5 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.

Photoshop Tips & Tricks — Variety Pack Volume 6
Volume 6 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.

Diamond Plated Brushed Metal Effect
How to add diamond plates on a brushed metal base.

Create A Halftone Effect In Photoshop
Create halftone effects in just a few steps with the help of the Bitmap Image Mode.

Red Eye Reduction — How To Remove Red Eye From Photographs
Simple red eye reduction steps to completely remove red eye from photographs.

Creating Water Drops
Use Photoshop’s layer blending options to create beautiful water drops.

Create Seamless Tiles In Photoshop
Learn how to make seamless tiles for background textures. Includes a link to free tiles.

Creating Gel Buttons
Learn how to make translucent gel buttons.

How To Create Brushed Aluminum
Quickly reproduce the texture of an Apple Powerbook in 4 easy steps.

How To Create A Neon Sign
Here is a fast and simple way to create a neon sign with glowing neon letters.

Add Reality To Your Objects
Add shadows and colored lights to make things look more real.

Turning Photos From Color to Stunning Black and White
Learn how to get great results by using the Channel Mixer.

Placing Artwork On Uneven Surfaces
How to place your artwork on a cloth or uneven surface and make it look believable.

Change Your Brush Dynamically
Change the size and softness of your brushes through keyboard shortcuts.

Fix Your Horizons
Learn how to rotate an image to make the horizon perfectly horizontal.

Windows vs Mac Monitor Gamma
If you’re on a Mac this tutorial will help you make sure your Gamma is right — so a Windows user will see what you see.

Image Enlargement Tip — Improving JPG Images
How to make a JPG image twice the size and still look good.

Image Enlargement Tip — Add Noise
Use the Noise Filter to improve an image that needs to be enlarged for print.

Create A Glamour Portrait In 30 Seconds
This trick will make your portraits look like the glamour shots in fashion magazines.

Brighten Up Your Shadows
Solutions for bringing under and overexposed photos back to life.

Burning Pages
How to create a realistic burn pattern on the edges of a piece of paper.

Sharpening In Lab Mode
See how sharpening in LAB mode can provide superior results.

Photoshop’s Photomerge
Learn how to ceate panoramas with this amazing Photoshop tool.

Change The Color of the Gray Area Surrounding the Canvas
How to change the gray area surrounding your canvas to any other color.

Black vs. Black
Find out why not not every black is exactly the same black in Photoshop.


Photoshop Tutorials by Bert Monroy

TechTV had archived all Bert Monroy’s Photoshop tutorials for easy access but since the merger with G4, the tutorials have been taken down from the site. Photoshopsupport now has links to these Photoshop tutorials, presented as they originally appeared on the TechTV website.


Photoshop Tutorials by Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore is a true Photoshop Guru. Here are links to Ben’s Photoshop Tips, Magazine Articles, his Archive of Photoshop Tips, some Color Management Resources, a service that provides Help With Problem Images, his Online Galleries, his latest Photoshop Books, and info about his Training Courses & DVDs.


Award-winning designer Colin Smith offers 3 great Photoshop tutorials.

Create An Online Portfolio Gallery With Photoshop

Photoshop makes it very easy to build an online portfolio. This tutorial shows you how in just a few steps and does it all from the File Browser in Photoshop CS or Bridge in CS2.

Using Channels To Mask Out Difficult Images In Photoshop

This tutorial will focus on using Channels to help mask out complex objects with clean edges. This technique will also save you a lot of time. We will use Alpha Channels, Quick Masks, Levels, Brushes and Color Range.

Lens Correction Filter In Photoshop CS2

The Lens correction filter is truly amazing, being able to repair all kinds of distortions. To demonstrate, let’s take an image that suffers from many problems, and correct it.


Shop Talk – A Beginner’s Guide To Photoshop

Shop Talk features simple and easy tutorials to help you learn Photoshop quickly. The latest Photoshop tutorial, Bitmap And Vector Graphics Explained, explains what these two basic types of image formats are.


The Photoshop Blog offers the latest Photoshop and Digital Photography news and software updates, tips and tutorials, and random thoughts from graphic artist, digital photographer and Photoshop expert Jennifer Apple.

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3 Illustrated PowerPoint Tutorials

Here are three illustrated PowerPoint Tutorials that will show and teach you how to do and use several important features of PowerPoint.


PowerPoint Tutorial from Oregon State University


PowerPoint Tutorial #1 by Vicki Blackwell

This beginning PowerPoint tutorial shows you how to copy an image file off the web, then how to add transitions, and insert the image file and animate it.


PowerPoint Tutorial #2 by Vicki Blackwell

This PowerPoint tutorial demonstrates and teaches the following features:
  • Custom Animation
  • Format Picture for Background
  • Adding Sound Files
  • Recording Sound Files
  • Adding Music from CDs
  • Internal Hyperlinks
  • Linking Text, Objects, or ClipArt
  • Hyperlink to Other Documents
  • Hyperlink to Web Addresses
  • Selecting Small Objects


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June 5, 2007

125 Excel Tips and Shortcuts

Here are 50 Essential Excel Tips, from scribd.com, providing step-by-step instructions on how to do many things using Excel. This Excel tips document is available in both .pdf and .doc formats and is 20 pages in length. These shortcuts and techniques will teach you how to use many of Excel’s features and how to be more productive with this spreadsheet application. Also, here is another Excel Tips document from Techrepublic offering 75 Excel Tips (free registration required for this one).


Table of Contents of 50 Excel Tips:

 - Customizing your workspace
 - Change default worksheet options
 - Opening multiple windows
 - Creating a workspace in Excel
 - Change the default currency
 - Faster access to worksheets
 - Keep a cleaner desktop when multitasking
 - Opening a workbook at startup
 - Saving time with Custom Views
 - Using shared workbooks
 - Clear out all comments
 - Take a few shortcuts
 - Delete personal information from a worksheet
 - Editing, layout, and printing
 - Hiding duplicate records
 - Copying styles between workbooks
 - Printing formulas
 - Quickly setting a print area
 - Print worksheet column labels on every page
 - Modify Excel print margins with the mouse
 - Don’t use AutoFormat on an entire worksheet
 - Keep track of changes
 - Highlight urgent items
 - Using Goal Seek
 - Change automatic page breaks
 - Entering and working with data
 - Use calculated fields in data entry forms
 - Speed up data entry with these keyboard shortcuts
 - Creating custom lists
 - Create a list box to ensure data entry accuracy
 - Increase data entry accuracy with drop-down lists
 - Create a custom Auto Fill list
 - Catching data entry errors
 - Format cells as you type
 - Analyzing external data in Excel
 - Copy subtotals
 - Summarize data with grouping
 - Simplify data entry with Excel’s built-in form
 - Conditional formatting
 - Lock cells to prevent overwriting
 - Point to value thresholds in a cell
 - Ensure proper data entry with validation
 - Check for numbers stored in a text format
 - Formulas, functions, and code
 - Use natural language formulas
 - Counting the days via cell subtraction
 - Compare values in text fields using DCOUNTA
 - Perform calculations with Paste Special
 - Use auditing to troubleshoot
 - Customizing “division by 0″ error messages
 - Hide formula cells
 - Web tricks
 - Easy data-posting to the Web
 - Open Web pages right in Excel
 - Hyperlink to a specific cell

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Photoshop Elements 5.0 Tutorials

This new application and programming tutorial web site, Inpics.net, provides the following free Photoshop Elements 5.0 Tutorials. These tutorials will teach you how to use many of the important features of Photoshop Elements. The tutorials on this site are picture-based on screen shots that show you how to perform the tasks being taught. This picture type of tutorial has been shown to be easier for people to use and understand when learning new software and computer techniques.


Photoshop Elements Basics


Formatting Graphics


Creating Graphics


Enhancing Graphics



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June 4, 2007

FrontPage Tutorials, Techniques, and FAQs

Outfront.net provides the following FrontPage Tutorials, Techniques, and FAQs. These will help you get up to speed in learning how to use FrontPage, and also make you a more productive and efficient FrontPage web developer. Included are 14 FrontPage techniques, 23 FrontPage FAQs, and 14 Frontpage database tutorials. This site also offers many Free Web Templates that you can use with FrontPage 2000, 2002, and 2003.


Getting Started with FrontPage

These tutorials will help you create your first web site using FrontPage. 


FrontPage Techniques

Using these techniques you will learn how to use FrontPage features that increase your ability to create more compelling web sites with attractive functionality.


FrontPage FAQs


FrontPage Database Tutorials

These are well written FrontPage Database tutorials that will show you how to use a database with FrontPage, and also how to use the Database Results Wizard (DRW). You will learn how to perform Frontpage functionality such as:

  • Sending form information to a database
  • Querying the database with a form
  • Querying the database with a hyperlink
  • Using hyperlink parameters
Here are the FrontPage Database Tutorials offered:



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FAQs and Tips for Word Drawing and Graphics

Here are 23 Word FAQs, Tips, and Techniques that will help you master and become more productive using Word’s Drawing and Graphics features and functionality. These are written by Microsoft Word MVPs and cover all versions of Word from 2000 to 2004.


General Concepts


 - Inline versus floating graphics
 - Inline–Floating hybrid graphics
 - The drawing layer explained
 - Wrapping


Manipulating Graphics and Drawing Objects


 - Wrapping text around a graphic
 - Working with anchors
 - Unlinking a floating linked graphic
 - Unlinking an inline linked graphic
 - Selecting drawing objects behind text
 - Rotating clipart
 - Rotating or flipping text
 - Set paste inline as the default


Graphics Formats


 - Choosing graphics formats
 - Creating PDF output
 - File associations: restoring


“Graphic Gotchas ”


 - Graphics display as red X’s
 - Captions don’t update or don’t appear
 - Graphics don’t display or don’t print
 - Preventing graphics reverting to their original size
 - Positioning floating graphics relative to page
 - Floating objects in tables are vertically aligned wrongly
 - Linked floating graphics don’t show up in Edit Links
 - Preventing layout change on different computer

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